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September 3, 2022
Serious Talk, A New Sighting, Redwork Hanging, Cross Stitching Feet from Canadian Needle Nana

I  finished another biographical book about Eleanor Roosevelt called Eleanor and Hick by Susan Quinn.  Here is one of Eleanor's lines I like and wrote in my journal.

" You can not live at all if you do not learn to adapt yourself to your life as it happens to be." 

How to remain caring and sensitive yet adapt and accept the unkind things life throws at us. Not easy. Especially those times when "you think you've lost a lot and then you lose even more" times. One foot in front of the other with music in my ears ...

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August 29, 2022
Three Free Patterns, Favourite Summer Spot, Panama Pyramids, Flight of Fancy Progress from Canadian Needle Nana

August 25 view of the pond. 
In the midst of all the pleasures of this property is this little pond, I sit down here most summer mornings with my camera and Ned beside me. Both of us looking, looking, looking. Me for birds- haven't a clue what he is looking for but he keeps his head on a swirl and seems to enjoy the experience as well. We don't speak and seem to hold our breaths waiting for something great to appear/happen. It always seems we are both reluctant to finally give in, leave the peace and ...

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August 13, 2022
Het Klossie Challenge, Panama Pyramids, Labrador Love, Flight of Fancy Fabrics from Canadian Needle Nana

 Even in what I think is the fulsome of summer, a little nagging thing has happened. Hubby pointed out that the light is fading a tiny tab bit earlier each day. As much as the continual heat waves and humidity are unwanted, the thought of the summer fading is not a good one.  

So just have to enjoy the growth while we can. Below is a neglected part of the garden behind the house. With so much in the front areas to maintain, this bit gets left out often.  The blue flowering bush hides the ac unit and I'm ...

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August 6, 2022
Redworked Birds- Flight of Fancy, Basket Case Finish, Quartet in Autumn, Petey Posing from Canadian Needle Nana

 I'd mentioned that I had to go out shopping.  That morning I stood in our closet completely stumped as to what to wear. I have a goodly amount of clothes so why it is such a chore sometimes to pick out a top and bottom is kind of ludicrous. I left and went to a window to look at the sky which told me nothing because I already knew it was very hot outside with the sun splitting the rocks, as we used to say at home. I decided to wear linen which is a difficult material but breezy ...

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January 24, 2022
The One Length Project from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The one length didn’t even finish two letters yesterday. I think I’m going to do two lengths on these big letters. I like more progress than this. That’s what I’m going to do – two lengths unless I’m in a bind for time and then I’ll just do one, at least on these big letters....

The post The One Length Project appeared first on Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara.

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October 27, 2021
Halloween Redwork and Quilting, Garden Regrowth from Canadian Needle Nana

     So are you ready for the Trick and Treaters? Have you bought the little bars or bags of chips?  We don't get any little folk down our laneway but I always buy one of those boxes of tiny bars just in case. You know who winds up eating the chocolate.

Most welcome in the garden.  This pretty bloom has the unlikely name of Toad Lily. It made a very late appearance in the garden blooming in late September and was sustained because of the humidity of the first two weeks of October.

Below is an example of the regrowth ...

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September 6, 2021
Rule #1, Redwork, Spring Chicken Cake, Courthouse Steps from Canadian Needle Nana

Well, was it you who stole August?  Where in the heck did it go?  Is it just me or are we in some kind of time vortex that is collapsing the hours and days. My head is back there in July somewhere.  Anyway, the calendar says it's September so I'll just have to go along. 

Here is the little poem that Kathy Schmitz included with this September redwork embroidery pattern below she called Woodland. I can't believe I stitched this set back in 2018-seems like only last year.

           "In autumn when the wind is up,

             I know ...

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June 28, 2021
Design Wall Monday - June 28, 2021 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Good Morning Quilters!  I’ve been up north at the cabin all week, and only took embroidery with me.  The next basket for the May Day Quilt is completed except for the French knots.  As usual, there are plenty of French knots.  The knots will be finished by next Monday though.  It is exciting to be near completion on these 30 baskets.The second embroidery project I’ve worked on is finishing the

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October 31, 2020
Medallion Quilt, A Quilty Finish, Jenny Wren, Free Patterns, from Canadian Needle Nana

 One of the things I love this week was getting a photo of a wren. I've often caught sight of them down by the pond because I think they like the heavy shrubbery on three sides. There is a meadow there as well and loads of grasshoppers which I know wrens are fond of. However, it was right in front of my kitchen window that I managed to grab two quick shots of this little guy while he was checking out the decaying plants.

 In the third shot I took he was a complete blur.

This was my redworked ...

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September 14, 2020
Halloween Patterns, Scrappy Blocks, Autumn Signs, Redwork Birds from Canadian Needle Nana

The sunlight in waves yesterday alternating with clouds - we walk in light then dark then light again. The tree tops all moving to wind imperceptible to us way down here on the path. No sign of the turtles-have they already taken to their muddy winter home? But there are fresh signs of autumn. 

This white hydrangea gets tinged with pinks when the overnight temperatures drop.
We had our first frost warning so I will have to get the geraniums brought inside. They are fairly hardy  though so no rush just yet. This year I dragged one of the old apple ...

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April 27, 2020
Design Wall Monday - April 27, 2020 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Thanks for all of your birthday wishes last week, you made me feel special, even during these no physical contact times.  I did get a lot done.  I finished another May Basket block, and also made good progress on the redwork quilt border flowers. The May Basket block directions said to use six strands of floss for the French knots, but after I made a few, I decided they were too big, and took

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April 20, 2020
Design Wall Monday - April 20, 2020 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

How are you?  I had a birthday Thursday, and my internet friends kept me in smiles all day long.  Facebook puts me in touch with people I’ve known at various places/times throughout my life, and it brought me lots of good memories.   Plus all the telephone calls from children and close friends.  It was a birthday that made me feel very blessed, even though we didn’t go anywhere or do anything

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Design Wall Monday - April 13, 2020 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

How are you holding up during this pandemic?  My M W F trips into town to sit with my sister during her dialysis are going well.  She is much calmer while I sit with her during the four hour process and with my travel time 1/2 hour each way, I am doing my part to help out in this crisis for 5 hours x three days a week.  We are out in the woods with no people for miles around us, and one day

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April 6, 2020
Design Wall Monday - April 6, 2020 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

April is here, and a lot of quilters have been making face masks.  I am so proud of all of you who have pitched in.  I am without a sewing machine or fabric up north here at our cabin, and only brought embroidery with me.  So thank you to all who have pitched in and answered the call.  You really stepped up. My redwork is progressing nicely, while I am housebound.  Here are two squares.

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March 30, 2020
Design Wall Monday - March 30, 2020 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Hi everyone.  Another Monday in isolation for us.  I see Bonnie Hunter is starting another mystery quilt to help quilters keep busy while we are isolated.  It starts today if you are interested.    I have only two projects with me at the cabin. 1) The baskets of flowers that you have seen in the past few weeks, and 2) a redwork squares quilt that I’ve been working on for ages.  This week I

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February 12, 2020
Dear Jane, Scrappy Hearts, Peace River Honey,Cardinals from Canadian Needle Nana

I've been doing lots of this...

after two snowfalls, but today we are in what we call Deep Freeze weather...-27C straight temperature. That's about -17 F for my American friends. Brrr...
But keeping our front steps all clear is one of my winter goals, so far, getting done.

I have to mention how much I'm enjoying this honey...Peace River which comes from Canada's largest organic apiary.  A little goes a long way, if you know what I mean.  Hubby prefers brown sugar on his oatmeal but I'm enjoying some of this honey on ...

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January 25, 2020
Scandinavian Redwork, Christmas Coins, Home Comforts from Canadian Needle Nana

Snow blowing (Hubby)  and shoveling (Me) were chores recently as we felt the effects of a Colorado low move through that brought us about 25 cm of snow. What I got to work with was not nearly as much fun as his giant toy...

Birds steady at the feeders these far chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches and small woodpeckers and briefly, one cardinal. Blue jays occasionally join the group. This little woodpecker whisked away a seed to eat in peace and quiet (or stash) in the birch tree. Downy or Hairy???
SIL gave me the rack below for Christmas and ...

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January 10, 2020
A new home for the redwork from With Strings Attached

Historic preservation was a popular trend when I lived in Brenham, Texas, in the late 1970's.  People from Houston were discovering Brenham and Washington County for weekend and retirement living.  Both newcomers and long-timers were restoring the town's big Queen Anne houses and less-elaborate dwellings  There was new interest in late-Victorian furniture and decor.   .

Natalie and Charlie lived in what had been the Lutheran Teacherage -- where the (unmarried) women teachers at the Lutheran school had boarded.  The house originally had three rooms down and three rooms up, 16x16x16.  There was a wide hall with a very steep staircase ...

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December 26, 2019
Trust your instinct! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! It was a very quiet day at our house - just the way we like it. We had popcorn for lunch while we watched the new Star Wars movie. I'm not going to say anything about the movie today, as I know some of you haven't watched it yet. It was an awesome way to spend the afternoon!

After we got home, I took a long walk with the girls to compensate for the popcorn (which had no butter, so it wasn't that big of a deal), but still, a ...

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December 25, 2019
Merry Christmas!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

For those of you still following along today - Merry Christmas! It's quiet as a mouse in our house today. Just the four of us for Christmas - even the girls are quiet. They are learning!

What blows my mind is that when I opened my e-mail there were e-mails from companies BEGGING me to buy stuff. Here's an online sale, here's a coupon (a gift), need a last-minute gift? We have a gift certificate for you. Can they not give us a break on Christmas Day? Somewhere along the line, this aggressive marketing needs to stop. I did ...

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